Maurice Bernstein looks further at this ridiculous decision.

The allure of the ER

The promise of tests and an instant diagnosis makes it worth the wait for many patients:

Matilde Fernandez, for example, woke up with a sharp pain in her stomach. At 8:30 a.m., she had called the Brookside Community Health Center in Jamaica Plain, but her doctor, who was working a half-day, was booked. The health center offered her an appointment with another doctor, but she decided to go to ...

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The Year of the Pig

Psychiatrist-blogger Maria over at intueri writes on the tragic Rebecca Riley case:

. . . no one is jumping up to conduct a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blinded study on kids and medications because of all the ethical issues involved (although I recall reading somewhere that Harvard had done something like that"¦ though I can't find the citation now). Would you want your kid (baby sister/brother/cousin/et al.) to receive medications at uncertain ...

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Otherwise known as red carpet dermatology, pre-Oscar cosmetic treatments are big business.

A neurosurgeon charges $10,000 per day for his testimony.

Cash-strapped hospitals in Canada are taking handwashing seriously.

He wouldn't treat the ear infection and sent the child away.

A physician does everything right, yet is sued. The theatrical plaintiff's attorney played a scene from Lord of the Rings, equating doctors to monsters:

Five years later I found myself walking into a courtroom to face charges of medical malpractice. The suit said that because of my negligence, a man had been a quadriplegic for four years and then died of sepsis after a decubitus ulcer became infected. ...

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And are primary care physicians bringing it upon themselves?

Gary Schwitzer thinks so. It's sweeps month after all.

For those who support a "Medicare for all" approach, consider what happens when you have a single entity making all the health care decisions:

The 75% rule is one example of the kinds of decisions that a government sponsored universal healthcare system will make. When one payer (government or non-government) develops a monopoly, their decisions can single-handedly limit consumer choice, prevent physicians from exercising clinical judgment, and decrease quality ...

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An economist promotes less, not more, government in health care:

Some of our politicians hold up the Canadian and British nationalized health care systems as models for us. You can bet that should we ever have such a system, they would exempt themselves from what the rest of us would have to endure.

There's a cure for our health care problems. That cure is not to demand more government ...

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I've always applauded his openness and forward thinking. Many other hospital CEOs would be wise to follow his lead and embrace the openness and transparency offered by blogging.

He wasn't happy with the wait. (via Scalpel)

These videos were uploaded by a family physician from the UK:

Dr Steele told El Reg: "These are videos that I have produced at my own expense to help educate the public. I know for a fact that people find this material very helpful, as they are often provided with minimal support information when they enquire about these procedures."
(via Shiny Shiny)

A misguided person thinks that his employer-paid health insurance and continuing Medicare coverage is "free":

One gentleman said he never has to pay for healthcare. He gets his for free.

Free? uh-huh "” sure.

I asked him if he works for a living. No, he said he is retired. So I asked him if his employer paid for his medical care and he ...

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Apparently, the heat is being turned on him:

So where is the doctor? According to Access, since news broke about the methadone prescription Dr. Kapoor has been unavailable for comment. He cancelled an interview with Access and was captured with his head covered while ducking in to a van in Los Angeles yesterday. His Southern California practice offices had the curtains drawn and the doors locked as well.


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Hallmark with cards for specific medical conditions:

Likewise, most cards lining the store shelves don't work on occasions as someone leaving an abusive spouse, undergoing drug rehab or declaring their sexual orientation . . .

. . .'Cancer is a villain who doesn't play fair'
For illness: "Cancer is a villain who doesn't play fair ... but it can't dim your spirit, and it can't silence prayer."


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Closure on a case discussed previously.

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